Myles Recny (任克勤)'s Kitchen, NYC
I'm a hacker, a rascal and a learning-to-be business person. I've started three companies, and recently worked at Palantir for four years. My core competencies are strategy, prototyping, communication, BD and hiring. I've worked across consumer and the enterprise, in both the private and public sectors. I live in NYC, hold US & UK passports, and speak English and conversational Mandarin.
Palantir2015 - 2019
Product, Strategy and Hiring
In early 2015 I joined Palantir, where I worked for the next four years. I led deployments in Energy and Aerospace, ran hiring for the 'Deployment Strategist' role, built products, and worked in pre-sales for the Fortune 500, and big US government contracts.
Even2014 - present
CTO, stakeholder
Back in NYC, in 2014, Quinten Farmer and I started a cryptocurrency company (Yett) that pivoted and became Even. Even improves financial well-being for America's underserved workers in the shift economy. Although I left Even early-on due to a personal tragedy, I'm incredibly proud of the mission and team, who, at time of writing just raised a Series B.
Followgen, a bootstrapped ad-network, enabled me to travel and work remotely for two years. Despite being successful, Followgen ultimately had to be shut down, because of an untenable dependency on the Twitter API. Whilst I was running Followgen, I created a small 'incubator for individuals' called Microhaus, which helped birth two venture backed startup, including Blockstack.
NYU Gallatin2012
Complex Systems
Still ruminating on emergent behavior, I decided to embark on a Masters degree of my own design at NYU Gallatin to explore the question what type of a computational system is the universe?. Within a semester, one of the homework projects led me to create Followgen, a bootstrapped software company, which completely changed my perspective on work. I dropped out of Gallatin to run this company.
Software Engineer
I've spent most of my post-college life living in NYC, and that started with TechStars. I applied as a solo-founder in late 2010 with an analytics product. I was rejected in the final round, but I was offered a job as an engineer-in-residence, building across teams. I went on to work full-time with one of the TechStars teams, as employee number two.
Software Engineer
After graduating I moved to Sacramento to work for an early social-gaming company called Klicknation where I built an RPG called Superhero City. This was my first time writing production code in a team setting and Klicknation was later acquired by EA.
Duke University2006 - 2010
Philosophy, Computer Science, Mandarin
I was born in the UK, grew up in Australia and attended Duke University in the USA. I studied Philosophy, Computer Science, and Mandarin. During my college summers I lived and worked in Shanghai and am now lucky to speak conversational Mandarin. I launched an early version of Tinder in college, and wrote a thesis about emergent behavior in computational systems.